"She always conveniently forgets her wallet, or domes up with some excuses as to why she can’t pay her share."
We all know someone who is all game when friends are planning an expensive night out but then, is nowhere to be seen when it's time to pay! A user named Slow Pianist, took to the subreddit AITA, to share a similar story about her sister-in-law who is a pinch-penny. She writes, "My (f28) SIL “Amy” (f26) always comes to visit from out of town. She stays with us instead of a hotel, and always wants to go to expensive restaurants. She always conveniently forgets her wallet, or domes up with some excuses as to why she can’t pay her share."
She then explains to the readers how her sister-in-law had "implied" several times that the OP(original poster) should be the one to pay as she earns way more. The user then clarifies, "I do make a fair amount of money, but not so much that I can treat someone every time they come into town." She goes on to narrate a particular story, from the night before, "She had made a reservation at an extremely expensive restaurant last night, and before we left, I made it clear that I wouldn’t be paying her bill."
She then tells the readers that this was the very moment where she did something that might be open to moral policing but was left with no choice, "This is where I might be the a****le, and I’ll admit I got this move straight from an episode of Two and a Half men. As we were leaving, she and my husband went to the car. I pretended I forgot something and went back inside. I found her wallet sitting right on top of her suitcase. I put it in my purse and we went to the restaurant." Post dinner, the OP asked for two separate bills, and her sister-in-law was quick to remind her that she had forgotten her wallet, yet again. She said no, we need one bill because she “forgot” her wallet again." She was not taking it anymore, "I reached in my purse and said, 'this wallet?'”
She then writes, "She was extremely furious. She said that I should not have touched or grabbed her wallet. So AITA for taking her wallet and bringing it to the restaurant?" The post attracted many eyes and people had lots to say about the whole situation, some had even modified the OP's execution plan for the same, "My play would have been to run in for the thing I forgot, grab the wallet, then get in the vehicle and say 'Oh while I was in I saw your wallet on the counter so I grabbed it for you! Don’t want to forget that!'”
That way it’s more like a “Oh, look how nice I am for thinking of you!” thing that would SIL look like a total cow to argue with instead of a “I’m on to you. F**k you.” Even though the wallet wasn’t on the counter, she wouldn’t be able to argue because it would make her look ungrateful." one Reddit user named -janelleybeans- wrote.
Another wrote, "She made the reservation and invited you. Etiquette says she would be responsible for 100% of that bill." On the contrary, some suggested that it was a bit too much to touch her wallet and that she could have tackled the situation in a better way. "NTA. I wouldn’t have touched her wallet, but when you got to the car, you could have said, “Hey I just noticed your wallet is still inside. You should go grab it so you can pay your bill as we agreed.” And then simply refused to go until she did" Nonetheless, everyone unanimously agreed on the fact that the sister-in-law was the one at fault.
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